Category: Game Recap

At least Adrian’s having fun…

Orlando Hudson beats out the throw at first in Monday's game against the Boston Red Sox. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

You know that thing I was saying about the Padres having no chance against Interleague teams?

Check out the score tonight from the first game in the Boston Red Sox series: 14-5 Red Sox. We gave up an unearthly amount of runs in the bottom of the seventh. It was one of the most horrible innings we’ve had all year. Four pitchers threw in the inning, all of them doing badly. We gave up four walks, hit two batters, and gave up five hits while allowing 10 runs.

It stunk. But not only did this game hurt like any other loss, but it was hard to see how well Adrian Gonzalez is doing…especially against us. Don’t get me wrong, I am so happy for Adrian and that he is in a place where he’s more appreciated and where he can play in that tiny park called Fenway. But really, does he have to go 3-for-5 with three RBIs the first game he faces his former team??

The player who really deserves credit for keeping us in the game at least a little is Orlando Hudson. With the score 3-0 Red Sox in the sixth, Hudson hit a huge three-run homer to tie the game. It didn’t last long, but at least we got a little closer than we had been before.

Chase Headley had a big game as well, going 4-for-5. You get the feeling that he’d do great in a smaller stadium like Adrian is. Surprisingly, I haven’t heard any trade rumors about him. He’s been doing really, really well for us. I wonder why we haven’t heard anything about him getting traded. We’ve heard the Heath stuff, but nothing on Chase. Weird.

Anyway, it was a sad game. Most likely, we won’t get a win in this series, but I guess that’s okay. At least we’re losing to a worthy team.

But tomorrow’s pitching matchup is going to be great. Mat Latos vs. Josh Beckett. I’m so excited!!


Naturally, we got swept.

The Padres just got swept by the Minnesota Twins. Not a surprise at all. Just really annoying.

First off, I wanted to let you all know that I haven’t disappeared off the face of the earth. I just graduated from high school yesterday, so the past week has been absolutely crazy and I had barely any time to listen to the Padres games, much less write about them. There wasn’t  much to tell about the games anyway other than what you already know, which is that we are a really bad team.

The thing that drives me absolutely nuts, though, is the hard fact that the Padres have absolutely no chance against any American League teams. You already knew that we don’t have much of a chance against any average team, but it’s even worse with Interleague.

And guess who we get to play next? The Boston Red Sox! They are leading their division, so I predict a second sweep on the road. I would be really surprised if we got a win against the Red Sox in their stadium.

But I’m totally excited about this series. This is first time the Padres are playing the Red Sox since the Red Sox became my second favorite team. I’m excited about playing them in Fenway and seeing how Adrian is doing. I think all Padres fans miss that guy, but I’m really thankful that he’s getting the credit he’s deserved for so long.

This is old news by now, but the Padres have announced Trevor Hoffman’s retirement ceremony for August 21st after the game. I am so excited!!!!! I bought tickets right after I heard about it, and I seriously can’t wait. It’s going to be an amazing event. I’m sure that I’m going to cry.

Oh my goodness. The second game against the Red Sox is going to be an epic matchup: Mat Latos vs. Josh Beckett. Beckett is definitely one of my favorite pitchers in baseball. That is going to be a great game.


Rizzo solid, but team falters

Wow. What a weekend.

With all the Rizzomania this weekend, it’s easy to see how the Padres’ pathetic performance again might be swept under the rug. I personally don’t want to talk about the series when you can talk about Rizzo, but it is really really sad that we lost three out of four games to the Washington Nationals. We had hundreds of chances, leaving the bases loaded every two seconds, but you know the Padres: they can never come through.

Rizzo is an extremely bright spot, but though the Padres won the first game that he played with us, they went on to lose the next three. Anthony certainly contributed a lot, but it was an individual effort. He’s currently hitting .300 with three hits in 10 at-bats. He’s also been walked five times, which I think is great. When I was at Friday’s game, it was really funny because I looked at the scoreboard late in the game, and Anthony only had two official at-bats because of how many times he had been walked!

He’s definitely been making an impact, though he has been in a few situations where he couldn’t come through with the big hit. Nobody on this team can, really. But I think that’s good for him to experience so that he knows that he won’t be able to be the hero with every at-bat.

Anyway, I had a great time at Friday’s game. Even though we lost 2-1 (WHICH STUNK!!!!), it was still a really enjoyable night out at the ballpark. My family and I sat in right field for the first time, which was really nice. We got a 50% off deal, which helped a lot. I liked it out there.

Before the game, my brother and I joined a bunch of kids down by the field to wait for Anthony Rizzo to sign autographs. I got Chris Denorfia’s autograph almost right away, but when Rizzo finally came over, he barely signed anything before he had to go get ready for the game. I guess it made sense because it was about 7 p.m., but still, it was kind of disappointing not to get his autograph. Oh well.

Then after the game, a handful of players gave their testimonies, since it was Faith and Fellowship Night. It was such a great encouragement. All too often, athletes are hypocritical and not at all who we think they are, so it was really refreshing to hear some players be vulnerable and real. Chase Headley, Nick Hundley, Heath Bell, Dustin Moseley, Rob Johnson, and Ernesto Frieri (though he didn’t speak) all participated. Also there was bullpen catcher Mark Merila, former Padre Dave Dravecky, and former Charger Miles McPherson. Really a great event.

I hope my boys can have some better success against the Rockies. You know, after Thursday’s game, I actually thought that there might be hope for this team. But I just don’t know what to do with them anymore. Sigh.


Anthony Rizzo ♥

Anthony. Rizzo. Is. Amazing.

Anthony Rizzo in his first Major League at-bat. (Channel 4SD)

You would not believe how excited I am about this kid. I got to watch the entirety of last night’s game on TV, which is actually very rare for me. And my goodness, I am so thankful that I got to see it all.

Anthony did not disappoint. His first at-bat ended in a called strike, but the strike zone was a little iffy all night. But in his second at-bat, he hit a triple!!!!! It was so great. His next two at-bats were walks, which was great because it showed his patience at the plate and that he’ll contribute in little ways. I was so impressed by him, in everything really: his presence on the field, his defense and plate discipline, and the way he carried himself in the countless interviews that he did. It was incredible.

I am even more excited than ever that my family and I decided to go to tonight’s game a week ago. We had no idea that we would get to see Anthony’s second major league game, but here we are. I’m just so excited to see Anthony and to see the whole team really. We had one of the best games of the year last night. We got ten hits, and really dominated the Nationals. There’s soo much energy around Padres baseball right now, I can’t wait to experience it tonight.

Speaking of which, there’d better be a ton of fans out there tonight. Last night there were only 16,000. Which is pathetic even for a normal weekday game. But I expected a lot more people to be out there to see Rizzo. It was strange. But tonight, you’ve got Party in the Park, Salute to the Negro Leagues, Fellowship Night, and Anthony Rizzo. Oh yeah, and Mat Latos too. If you can, get out to the game tonight. Yes, Rizzo is for real. Just get out there and go see him already!!

Yesterday was a good day for Padres fans. Worth trading Adrian away? Maybe. Probably. I guess we’ll have to wait and see, but I can say that I like this spark of energy. Anthony is helping to give the Padres life, and that’s something that we desperately need.

I haven’t been this excited about Padres baseball in a long time.


Bookended By Failure

There were two defining moments in tonight’s game: the beginning and the end. But the rest of the game stank too.

Alberto Gonzalez expresses his frustration after striking out in Monday's game against the Colorado Rockies. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Coming off of three straight wins against the Nationals over the weekend, the Rockies came to town and dispelled any hope that Padres fans might have mustered.

After Carlos Gonzalez struck out to start the game, Chris Nelson tripled and Troy Stinking Tulowitzki singled him in for the Rockies’ first run of the game. That was the bad beginning.

The score stayed one-nothing Rockies for the rest of the game, at least until the top of the ninth. Of course, if the Padres hadn’t overcome that daunting lead all game long, they probably wouldn’t be able to overcome it in the bottom of the ninth, but it’s nice to hope. So it still wasn’t cool that the Padres gave up two more runs to obliterate any chance of coming back.

And in the middle, there were plenty of bad things made this game stink. Including but not limited to:

  • The fact that we had the same amount of hits as the Rockies did (9), but somehow the Rockies scored three runs and we scored none.
  • The fact that we left 11 runners on base and were 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
  • The fact that Clayton Richard threw an amazing game, but got his seventh loss of the year.
  • The fact that we are a last-place team never helps things either. Sigh.

It was just a sad game. I don’t appreciate it when we lose like that. Oh well.

Tim Stauffer will try to get us some shred of dignity tomorrow night against Ubaldo Jimenez.

First round of the draft was today. The draft has never really excited me because we always get the worst players, but who knows. Congrats to infielder Cory Spangenberg on being the Padres’ first-round draft pick this year. I hope you have better fortune than other recent Padre first-round draft picks.


Not Petco’s Problem

See, it wasn’t Petco Park’s problem after all.

Alberto Gonzalez and Jason Bartlett celebrate the Padres' June 5 win against the Houston Astros. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

The San Diego Padres just won three straight games against the Houston Astros…at Petco Park. Shocking, I know, but it just proves what we knew all along: Petco really wasn’t the problem. These guys just need to get it into their heads that they have to hit wherever they are, especially Petco.

It was a seriously great series. I don’t know what happened, and I’m not going to try to explain it, but we just played three solid games. Minus the first game loss, we had 24 hits and scored 16 runs in the three games. Each starting pitcher in those three games got the win: Dustin Moseley (2-6), Aaron Harang (6-2), and Mat Latos (4-6).

Chris Denorfia, Chase Headley and Jason Bartlett were all on fire. Bartlett had five total hits in those games, Headley had four, and Denorfia had three. Chase now has a 15-game hitting streak.

Latos didn’t stay in the game too long today (only five innings), but he left with two runs given up and the game ended with two runs given up, thanks to his bullpen.

I’d say that Alberto Gonzalez was the hero of today’s game, though. The Padres scored three runs in the bottom of the first, which set the tone for the whole game. But the Astros were able to gain two runs on us, bringing the score to 4-2 in the seventh inning.

With one out, Headley doubled and Ryan Ludwick and Brad Hawpe walked to load the bases. So that’s bases loaded with one out, and usually that’s a bad situation for the Padres. Sure enough, Aaron Cunnignham struck out, and it looked like the Padres would leave the bases loaded. But lo and behold, thank goodness for Alberto Gonzalez. After a swinging strike, he singled in two runs to make our lead 6-2. That was so great.

We ended up winning 7-2 to get the third game. I’m so excited! That was definitely huge for us.

Rockies are coming in next, and then the Nationals. And I’m going to Friday’s game!! I’m super excited because it will only be my second game of the year, plus it’s Fellowship Night, where Padres players give their testimonies after the game. It’s going to be so much fun!!


Tossing Out a Win

Bud Black gets ejected from Friday's game against the Houston Astros. (Union-Tribune/Denis Poroy)

Leave it to Buddy Black to get us a win.

Sometimes a manager just has to fire up his team. One way for him to do that is to get tossed out of a game. Whether Bud was trying to or not (I’m assuming not), the Padres definitely benefitted from his energy when he was tossed out of the game in the fourth inning.

Dustin Moseley threw a great game. He went seven innings, only allowing one run on six hits. He finally got his second win of the year. It’s ridiculous how long that took. This guy has been very solid all year long, and he just got his second win two months into the season. Sigh.

There are a lot of guys who have been really stepping up like Ryan Ludwick and Chris Denorfia. Chris hit his fifth home run in the bottom of the fifth to extend our lead to 3-1. Ludwick and Aaron Cunningham drove in our other two runs. 

It was such a good game. We got a few big hits and some really solid pitching. We won at Petco Park!  

Tonight is the Padres Gnome giveaway. Those little guys are a little creepy, but for some reason I really want one. Hmm.

Aaron Harang is going tonight.


Who are these guys??

Mat Latos throws in Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Braves. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Have won four games in a row.

Won each of those games by one run.

Had 10+ hits in each of those games.

Yes, that does describe the San Diego Padres. I know, I know, it’s hard to believe, but really, we have been that good in the past four games. I think all Padres fans are in a bit of shock right now, but man, it’s a good feeling.

We won Saturday and Sunday’s games against the Nationals, 2-1 and 5-4. Then we went to Atlanta and won the first two games, 3-2 and 5-4. It’s been so great.

Last night Mat Latos started the game and did very well. He threw six innings, allowing two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts. He got the win, which raised his record up to 3-6. It’s taken him a while, but I think he’s getting back to his dominating form.

And talk about an offensive outburst. Two guys in particular had an amazing night at the plate. Chris Denorfia, leading off, went 3-for-5. Ryan Ludwick went 4-for-5 with an RBI. Chase Headley had two hits as well.

In the top of the seventh, we had out biggest inning. The game was tied at 2-2 when Eric Patterson led off the inning with a walk.  Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez  instantly made a pitching change, which was probably his biggest mistake of the game. Patterson stole second and scored on Denorfia’s single.

An out later, Chase Headley singled, Ryan Ludwick singled, and Jorge Cantu singled, which drove in two more runs. We led 5-2, and thanks goodness that we got those extra runs.

Luke Gregerson allowed a run in the bottom of the inning. In the bottom of the ninth, of course Heath Bell had to make things interesting so he walked the second batter he faced and allowed him to score. Thanks, Heath. We all needed that heart attack.

But in the end it all worked out and we got our fourth straight win. I really have no idea what happened to this team (I suspect that it’s just because we’re on the road), but I’m definitley loving it. I forgot how good it felt to have a winning team. We may not have completely turned the corner yet, but I think we’re headed in the right direction.

Clayton Richard is starting tonight against Tommy Hanson. Let’s get the sweep boys!!!


Making the little things count

Ryan Ludwick drives in a run in the third. (AP Photo/Erik S. Lesser)

When a team is as bad as the San Diego Padres have been this season, it’s the little things that matter. Maybe you don’t hit four home runs a game, but if you’re able to play small ball and get a couple runs, maybe you’ll have a chance at winning.

The Padres started a three-game series against the Braves today, and we won 3-2, using little things. In the top of the first, Eric Patterson led off the game with a single. He stole second, got to third on an error, and scored when Ryan Ludwick grounded out.

Then in the third, we had two straight singles with one out, and another out later, Ludwick singled in our second run.

Aaron Harang started the game and threw six solid innings. He only allowed two runs while throwing 102 pitches. Ernesto Frieri, Mike Adams and Chad Qualls each threw a scoreless inning.

Since both the Padres and the Braves each scored a run in the first and third innings, we were scoreless for six innings. The game went into the top of the tenth, where Kyle Phillips, the catcher who came into the game in the bottom of the ninth, hit a solo homer to lead off the inning and break the tie.

Heath Bell threw the bottom of the tenth inning and got his 13th save.

I was really excited about this win, especially because we got it in extra innings and our pitching was so great. I think the weekend series was a huge booster for the team. We definitely seem to be heating up. 

One thing I’m really excited about are the two young guys who were recently called up to the big leagues, Blake Tekotte and Logan Forsythe. I think it’s so cool that they’re up here and that they’re getting some good playing time. It’s unfortunate that the only reason they’re up here is because of injuries to other players, but it’s still a great opportunity for them and I hope that they’re the future of the organization.

Right now, Blake is hitting .300, but he’s only had 10 at-bats. But still. I’m super excited to see where he’s going to go.

Mat Latos is going tomorrow against Mike Minor. I really, really hope that Mat will have a solid outing and get a win.


Series Win

We just won the series against the Washington Nationals over the weekend, which would have been remarkable except for the fact that the Nationals are only slightly better than we are. Nevertheless, a series win is a series win, and when you’re the 2011 San Diego Padres, you will most certainly take it.

I think I know how to help the Padres win this season: always play on the road and always play against teams that are equal or less on skill level to us. It seemed to work pretty well this weekend. We did have some good clutch hits and solid pitching, so I guess we can get some credit for the win. I’m really glad that we got this series. We needed it.

Tomorrow we start a series against the Atlanta Braves. That is going to be harder, but we have a good lineup of pitchers going, so we might be able to get something going.